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Critical discoveries

Research is at the heart of the university mission, so much so that as one of the top research institutions in the nation, UCI has an “R1” research designation, as categorized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UCI researchers are routinely conducting cutting-edge research leading to world-improving innovations.

Here are a few of the critical discoveries made by UCI researchers during 2023.

Enabling hydrogen to power trucks
Samueli School of Engineering

Iryna Zenyuk with fuel-cell hardware and a membrane coated by a catalyst layer at her UCI lab.

Paul Merage School of Business launches digital twin ‘metaversity’
The Paul Merage School of Business

Classroom full of students and instructors
Students in UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business go boldly “Into the Metaverse,” a first-of-its-kind virtual course. Tyler Robinson / UCI